No Mushu, no Shang, no singing. But despite the rumors, it seems that Disney’s live-action film of Mulan isn’t as lackluster as everyone thinks.
After a long time of waiting, Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer of ‘Mulan‘, the live-action adaptation. Mulan’s teaser trailer debuted during the half-time break U.S.-Netherlands FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer game last July 7.
Mulan will star the Chinese-American actress, Crystal Liu or Liu Yifei. It will follow the story of Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of a veteran warrior who takes the place of her father in the upcoming war during the Han Dynasty. In the trailer, it showcased memorable moments from the animated film, such as scenes from the matchmaker and their platoon training back in the war camp. Aside from those, director Niki Caro indulges us with a bunch of action scenes of Mulan (Crystal Liu), showing off her martial arts.
Not a remake but an adaptation of the original source material
Much to everyone’s disappointment, Mulan won’t be a musical. Mulan will be heavily based off on the narrative poem ‘The Ballad of Mulan’. Thus, deviating from Disney’s 1998 Mulan. Shang won’t be Mulan’s love interest, Mushu the dragon won’t be appearing and the final movie won’t be a musical. But despite that, director Niki Caro confirmed that they will be using the instrumental versions of the original songs. As for Shang, his character will be swapped for a different love interest and rumor has it that a phoenix might be serving a similar role to Mushu’s.
Truth to be told, these changes proved to be controversial to a large number of fans. Mulan taking a different path from it’s preceding remakes shows how dependent Disney is to their Chinese market. At the same time, it aims to be more culturally appropriate than it’s 1998 version.
Joining Yifei are Donnie Yen (Rogue One) as Commander Tung, Yoson An as Cheng Honghui, Gong Li as Xianniang (a character not seen in the original animated film), and Jet Li, as the Emperor. Mulan will hit the theaters on March 27, 2020.
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